By Alex Barbieri, Senior Marketing Specialist, Data#3
Should you care about Windows 10? Isn’t your current version of Windows working just fine? I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about Microsoft’s latest operating system, or at the very least, seen a few ads with toddlers blowing raspberries on windows. You should care – and here’s why.
You’re probably just like me. You get up when it’s dark, work flat out all day and get home when it’s dark. In the process, your to-do list has grown and you’ve picked up another project. Getting a few things ticked off the list with your mobile or tablet on the run helps, but things could be much better.
This is why I’ve put my hand up for our Windows 10 Pilot Program. There are productivity gains in this new operating system and I want to be first to take advantage.
A quick search online tells me that I’ve got a few things to look forward to:
Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant, similar to Siri or Google Now. I don’t talk to my phone, but I do find these apps really valuable. Having technology like this to gather data and provide back information is very useful and to have this extended across multiple devices will only add to the experience. For Austalian users however, when this is rolled out and how it fits into the corporate environment is still unclear.
I must also give a tip of the hat to Microsoft for running with the name Cortana. I found her to be helpful while battling through various installments of Halo and I hope to see a few references sneak through in everyday usage.
I get a lot of benefit from the flexibility of my Surface Pro 3 as a tablet and a desktop, however, there are times where I find myself caught up between the two modes. Continuum promises to make the switch between desktop and tablet seamless, and one of the first things I’ll do is set this up with trigger events to suit when and how it adapts.
The revised menu
The Windows 8 tile interface cops a lot of criticism and I mostly agree. If you’re not using a touchscreen there are more efficient ways to navigate a menu. Although I’m pleased to see the Start menu back, I’m not really sure how useful it will be for me. I find that I pin my most used apps to the taskbar and search for everything else.
Better performance and longer battery life
At the moment it can get a bit hectic when I have a few programs on the go, or when opening ridiculously large Excel spreadsheets. The new operating system is designed to be less resource intensive. This means that we should see performance improvements from existing machines, as well as maximised performance from new machines. This is great news. Longer battery life will be a significant improvement for my usage – I may even be able to stop carrying my charger.
Stay tuned for my next blog, once I’ve had the chance to experience it for myself! Until then, make sure your IT Team stays up to date with what our engineers have to say. We’ve also got some great offers to help with upgrading – one of which (CIE+) is specifically designed to take us business users through the capabilities of Windows 10.
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